Mouse-tracking studies demonstrate that hand movements reveal the progression of responses over time during
psychological tasks. In the present study, we examined the time course of cognitive processing during an auditory lexical
decision task. The following predicted results emerged to indicate facilitation for words relative to nonwords: 1) shorter
reaction times; 2) fewer direction changes, and, compared to the ideal trajectory; 3) smaller deviation; and, 4) area under
the curve for words relative to nonwords. We also found predicted differences between words and nonwords in velocity
throughout the trials, providing a greater understanding of the real-time processing dynamics throughout the course of
spoken word recognition.
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Maura L. Krestar, MA, Sara Incera, MS and Conor T. McLennan, PhD. (2013, August). Using Mouse Tracking to Examine the Time Course of an Auditory Lexical Decision Task. Ohio Psychologist, 29-32.